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Ramon's Baptism

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DJ and new Companion Elder Craynor

DJ and new Companion Elder Craynor

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Week 3

another week gone by

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hello family!

Another week gone by. It’s really hard to believe actually. It seems like I was just writing to you. Time flies here. We were talking about it earlier and it makes a lot of sense actually. People measure time by change and since things are constantly changing in the MTC, time just flies. For instance, I measure my weeks by PDays and Sundays because those are the most different schedules. It´s crazy though. This week is transfer week so everything is crazy. All of the oldies left on Tuesday and there were only 8 of us left-4 from each district. It was kind of sad to see them go, especially some of the Latinos because I know that I´m not likely to see many of them ever again. We got so close in only 3 weeks. Anyways, the newbies came in today. You should have seen their faces. It was great, but I´m sure we looked exactly like that 3 weeks ago.

So proselyting last week was fun. That was the last time we’ll go out for only 2 hours. This Saturday we are out for 7 hours. Fun times. Last Saturday was very successful. We met our goal of 13 contacts in the 2 hours and we had a great time. I believe I told you about Carlos...our atheist "investigator." He´s really really nice, but he is so stubborn about not believing in God. Anyways, we didn't think we´d catch him since he said he wouldn't be around, but we went by anyways and he pulled into his driveway right as we were leaving his house. Divine intervention, methinks. So we talked with him for a good 20 minutes or so. We had left a Family Proclamation with him the week before and he took the liberty of correcting the mistakes in it...that is to say, he basically circled every thing that had to do with eternity and said it was wrong. So yeah, we have his information and we´ll give it to the missionaries in the area and hopefully they can talk more with him. We also met this guy who seemed to be some evangelical minister. We don´t know for sure since we don´t understand much, but we think he was preaching to us. I got the feeling as we were talking that he wanted to Bible bash, but unfortunately for him, we don´t have the vocabulary to do so. That was an interesting experience to say the least.

Chris: It´s really interesting how we do it. We combine grammar exercises, as in verbs and other grammar like that, with the lessons in Preach My Gospel. That is where we pick up most of our vocabulary. As such, we can teach fairly competently, but we can´t hold a normal everyday conversation with anybody to save our lives. I´m working right now on studying vocab on my own to increase my knowledge of random "need to know" garbage like clothes and food and family members and stuff. Make sense?

Okay: Pday...we have regular study time in the morning and then class until lunch. After lunch, we have an hour of language study and then the actual "pday" starts at 2 and goes until dinner at 615. During that time we can do whatever we want...sleep, write letters, study (idk why anybody would though), play ping pong, do sports outside, just whatever. After dinner, we have another class and then our nightly activities.

Thanks for the clarification on Cy´s message. I didn't much understand why he was proud of my parrots...success makes much more sense. :)

As for physical exercise time...we have an hour and a half time of which we use an hour to get ready and play around (basketball, volleyball, ping pong, whatever else they have), and then we have an hour to take a shower and get back into missionary garb. It's almost mandatory to take a shower since it´s roughly 2 billion degrees outside when you are running around. But yeah, it's a nice break to the day.

That´s also nice to hear about Travis. He must be doing well with the language if he is a trainer. Congrats to him.

Um, yeah. I can´t think of anything else that I really wanted to tell you guys. I think I covered everything. Hopefully those things will make it through customs and all. Have a great week. I´ll be writing again before you (and I) know it.

Yours in Love,

DJ :)

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